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Procter & Gamble Business Developer Interview Questions

Updated Nov 22, 2014
Updated Nov 22, 2014
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    Customer Business Development Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Procter & Gamble in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    P&G prides itself on being an extremely tough company in regards to its hiring practices. After submitting an application, you are immediately prompted to take a portion of their reasoning test. According to their hiring managers, the reasoning test eliminates a significant portion of their candidates. The Customer Business Development Internship this year had 1800 applicants and 83 of us were invited to the Global Headquarters in Cincinnati for the final round.

    As mentioned above, you will first submit and application that includes both your resume and cover letter. Upon submission of your application, you will then take the logic portion of their reasoning test. I suggest before taking it, you take the practice version that P&G provides on their website. It is extremely helpful. If you are invited to the phone interview next, please familiarize yourself with the CAR method of interviewing. This is how all of the subsequent interviews are structured so get prepared early. The questions are straightforward; however, I recommend that you list out examples before the interview so you have things to pull from.

    Next, this comes the fun part! You get invited to the Customer Business Development Internship Conference at the P&G Headquarters in Cincinnati. All expenses are paid and the company is extremely hospitable from the time you arrive. You will get to meet the other candidates as well as P&G executives. The first thing you will do is take the full reasoning test. Once again, familiarize yourself with the format with the practice test on the P&G website. I thought the test onsite was much harder than the version on the website, especially the math portion. Next, you can breathe a little as you will go on a company tour and just learn a little bit more about the company. The next day you will do your final interview and have a farewell lunch. They say you will hear back in two weeks, but I heard back in 3 days.

    Following acceptance of the internship, you must then submit to a background check and a drug test. These are both time sensitive tasks and upon passing both, you will submit to a medical evaluation. Those are your only pre-hire contingencies and afterwards you are officially an intern.

    Overall, it is a long process, but well worth it. The company has a wonderful attitude and they stress choosing them, not them choosing you. It was an amazing experience and I was fortunate enough to receive an offer. I am extremely excited to begin my position this upcoming May! I encourage everyone to at least apply because whether you receive it or not, it is a great opportunity.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell us about a time when you had to work with limited resources to accomplish a goal.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There wasn't an opportunity to negotiate because it was an internship offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Customer Business Development Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The whole process took 3 weeks from start to finish. The interview was all behavior based questions. I think I lost the job only because the other girl knew someone that worked there.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you had to make a quick decision.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
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    Customer Business Development Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Procter & Gamble.

    Interview Details

    Applied through college career website and within a week received a phone interview. I had a friend who had worked there in the past so knew somewhat what to expect. For the questions about me, they asked about what I was proud of, a difficult team situation and how you solved that, and other standard things. My friend told me that they would also ask about a company whose marketing strategy I admire, which they did. Be ready for that one and to explain why in a detailed and thoughtful way

    Interview Questions
    • They also asked about a company you think has a strong marketing strategy and to describe why   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Customer Business Development Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Procter & Gamble.

    Interview Details

    Online application process is tedious but used appropriately. After you pass the online exam and submission a phone interview follows. Next is an in person interview and then a final "marathon" interview at P&G with 4 to 5 people lasting upwards of 6 hours. The whole process takes about 3 months.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Business Development Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Procter & Gamble.

    Interview Details

    They try and set you up to succeed for the interview, but that being said, they are very particular on who they hire and what background they are looking for.

    Interview Questions
    • All the questions were formatted to my past experience and how I overcame them.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Customer Business Development Internship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I applied through their website after hearing about it at a career fair. When submitting the application you are given a reasoning test. Then should pass the test you are asked for a phone interview with either some working full-time in CBD or an HR rep. They take your test scores and interview into consideration and then you submit to the final round which is a two visit to their headquarters in Cincinnati. There is another reasoning test, 2 on 1 interview and a tour of the building. After a certain amount of time they will inform you of whether you were given an offer or not.

    Interview Questions
    • "What is your overall opinion of Procter & Gamble."   View Answer
    Declined Offer
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Customer Business Development Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cincinnati, OH
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cincinnati, OH
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Procter & Gamble in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    The intern interview process for CBD is three rounds - the first being an assessment and initial resume screen, the second is a phone interview, and third is a trip to headquarters in Cincinnati for a final assessment and panel interview. Unfortunately this company puts a LOT of emphasis on the assessment that they give you. The assessment tests tests your mathematical skills and logical reasoning. Part of the assessment contains shapes for you to identify as part of a pattern, while the logical section gives you passages to read and asks you to determine what the best answer is. This intern role is essentially a "sales" role. Therefore, you might expect the company to want to hear your verbal reasoning and communication skills, but that is not the case. The assessment takes place on paper - no form of communication or verbal reasoning skills necessary.

    Before the third round interview I was very impressed with P&G. Now I'm not so sure. This corporate giant is slow moving and doesn't do a great job of making sure that everyone is on the same page. However, they did reiterate a number of times that you'll be moving a lot and you really don't have a say to where that will be.

    Interview Questions
    • What's the biggest short term adjustment you've had to make and how did you apply that to a long term adjustment?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Customer Business Development Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cincinnati, OH
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cincinnati, OH
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Procter & Gamble in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    Applied online (basic resume, cognitive assessment, etc) and was contacted for a phone interview. Phone interview lasted nearly 2 hours (though it was supposed to be only 45 minutes) and was a behavioral interview. Interviewer was very comfortable and natural. Asked me to answer questions using the CAR method (Context, Action, Results) and allowed me to take my time when responding. The reason the interview took so long was because he would often ask secondary questions to get more out of my initial response. At the end he even emailed me a link to P&G's interviewing tips/guidelines page and offered his assistance to review my first interview later on to help me prepare for my on-site interview if I was called back for one. After being called back for an on-site interview, I was able to speak with my initial phone interviewer to review opportunities for improvement from my first interview, which was extremely helpful and definitely made the on-site interview less intimidating.

    On-site interview (as part of the CBD Intern Conference at HQ):
    On-site interview was with 2 current employees in the CBD function. Lasted about 20 minutes and was very laid-back. They seemed to have access to the responses from my first interview and bounced questions off of that (and off of each other). Was not very repetitive of the phone interview. My impression was that the phone-interview was where they really made cuts whereas the on-site interview was more of just making sure the applicant is socially competent and can be relatable, professional, and personable. Interview was followed by a math competence test.

    Interview Questions
    • Give an example of a time you had to challenge someone who had authority over you (not exact wording, but more or less the same idea)   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Customer Business Development Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cincinnati, OH
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cincinnati, OH
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Procter & Gamble in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    Logic Test was straightforward. Phone interview was very friendly and conversational.

    At P&G HQ there was a very cult-like feel for everyone who worked there. Everyone seemed mindlessly in love with their job, which I suppose is great for job happiness. The final interview was pretty difficult, a couple curveball questions.

    Interview Questions
    • Talk about a time when you lost something and how you overcame it   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Customer Business Development Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Procter & Gamble in December 2011.

    Interview Details

    I applied online in August and then in October got contacted about a phone interview which I had in November, which lasted about an hour, and then I got invited to a conference in Cincinnati. The first day they just tell you about the company and the second day you take a test and get interviewed (all behavioral) by 2 current employees.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when others used you as a resource because of your expertise.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation for internships or starting full-time.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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